A Trio of African American Scholars Receive Notable Honors or Awards

Milton Morris, the director of Environmental Health Science at Benedict College in South Carolina since 1989, is the recipient of the 2020 Joe Beck Educational Contribution Award from the National Environmental Health Association. The award is given annually to honor an educational contribution or training tool designed for the advancement, and professional development, of environmental health professionals.

Dr. Morris is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he majored in biology. He holds a master of public health degree from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Walden University.

Stephanie Luster-Teasley, chair of the civil architectural and environmental engineering department at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, won the Environmental Division Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Luster-Teasley was the first African American woman at North Carolina A&T to be named inventor on a patent, with her invention to solve water treatment and remediation problems.

Dr. Luster-Teasley is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she majored in chemical engineering. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University.

Alexander Byrd, the associate dean of humanities and associate professor of history at Rice University in Houston, was honored by being named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The foundation honored Dr. Byrd for his mentoring skills and captivating classroom presence.

Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Rice University and holds a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. He joined the faculty at Rice in 2001.

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